The Art Directors Guild production design award nominees are all over the place: contemporary, period, and fantasy, 15 in the feature film category. So the trick is to figure out which movies get an Oscar boost from being nominated here.
Some of the already established contenders continue to move steadily forward: The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds and Avatar.
Other titles carry slim hope for the best picture ten, but are vying for an Oscar nomination in this category, like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Public Enemies, Sherlock Holmes and Where the Wild Things Are. While A Serious Man and District 9 are unlikely to score art direction Oscar noms against bigger-budgeted behemoths, being included helps their Oscar momentum.
The winners will be announced on February 13.
Beautifully-mounted movies that didn’t make it this long list, from Nine and The Last Station to The Road and Bright Star, get no help at all.